Trump's new press secretary to hold first formal briefing Friday

Trump's new press secretary to hold first formal briefing Friday
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE’s new press secretary Kaleigh McEnany will brief reporters for the first time in the White House briefing room on Friday.

The White House issued an updated guidance late Thursday announcing a formal on-camera briefing with the press secretary in the James S. Brady Briefing Room on Friday at 2 p.m., marking the first such occurrence in more than a year.

It is unclear whether the move signals that the White House plans to revive the tradition of the daily briefing with the press secretary, which has been otherwise abandoned under President Trump.


Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk launch new program on Newsmax TV The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College Juan Williams: Trump's base begins to crack MORE, the first press secretary under Trump, often sparred with reporters at briefings and became a target on “Saturday Night Live” for his appearances. The briefings slowed thereafter and came to a halt under Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersMcEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation Sanders mocks NY Times urging DNC to investigate Biden allegations: 'I thought it was an Onion headline' Donald Trump: The Boomer TV president MORE Sanders, Trump’s second press secretary, who was the last to hold a briefing in March 2019.  

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McEnany’s decision to take the podium comes less than a month after she took over the position, brought on as part of a broader overhaul of the communications operation executed by new White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate Overnight Health Care: Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate | Top Fed official says quick reopenings damaged recovery from coronavirus | Nearly three dozen health experts object to HHS coronavirus database Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate MORE.

McEnany has already gaggled with the press a handful of times at the White House following television interviews. 

The decision to revive the briefing with the press secretary on Friday also caps a week that saw a decline in the number of White House coronavirus task force briefings that had become a daily occurrence over the past several weeks as the United States grapples with the pandemic.

For the past several days, Trump has opted to forgo the coronavirus briefings in favor of organized events and remarks that have been followed by exchanges with reporters.

The shift from the coronavirus briefings followed a briefing last Thursday during which Trump suggested doctors study disinfectant injections or ultraviolet light as a potential treatment for patients with the novel coronavirus, a remark that was widely mocked and criticized as dangerous. The president has since said he was speaking sarcastically.